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Ooh, just in time for the holiday, my Valentines tea arrived from Adagio. First whiff, not hugely impressed. There’s a little scent of the promised chocolate-strawberries, but something is throwing it off. Can’t put my finger on what it is. Nevertheless, I brew up a healthy portion, and as usual when trying a new tea, slowly add truvia until I get it right. I needed to put quite a bit in there to bring out the full flavors, (about 1 tsp truvia for 16 oz tea?) but once I got it right, this tea is GREAT. I mean, it definitely tastes like strawberry-chocolate candy, with a nice deep black tea base, exactly what I was hoping for. I’m very pleased!
I would prefer a little more chocolate in my Chocolate Chai, but since I keep a tin of regular black “Chocolate Chip” tea handy, I can easily adjust this on my next go-round. That aside is a lovely chai flavor. I am really enjoying my first mug of it. I’m currently on the search for my personal best, go-to chai, and I wouldn’t say this is “it.” At least not until I try quite a few more. :-) But it’s in the running.
I usually wouldn’t order a whole tin of any tea without sampling it first, but I bought this one on a whim because the description sounded pretty great. Rooibos, caramel, vanilla? Yes please? In point of fact, it’s so overpoweringly full of “honey” scent and flavor that I really struggle to pick up any other note at all. But after my third or fourth steeping, it’s growing on me. A very smooth, comforting tea, nice in the evening.
You know it’s a special morning when I’m indulging with a cup of my Almond Oolong. I love the heck out of this tea. I have to be extra careful with the preparation, because it’s so delicate. But when I get it right…wow! So soft and smooth, light and subtle, very slightly sweet, with a lovely marzipan flavor. I could drink gallons of it!
Guys, I gotta level, I simply adore this tea. I love the smooth, marzipan flavor. I love that it lacks any harsh, bitter notes. I love it even when I’ve accidentally over-sweetened it (like today). I need to remember that this one requires much less truvia than my flavored blacks…in fact, any sweetener at all is almost too much, because this is so mild and lovely on its own.
I am always REALLY careful when steeping this tea, because when done correctly I absolutely love this one. I do add a tiny bit of truvia to it, though. It’s really smooth, not at all bitter, and lightly sweet. VERY fragrant and soothing. Just the thing for a stressful afternoon!
So, I am finally watching all the (on DVD) Star Wars movies in order. Today is ‘Revenge of the Sith’. Not sure if they have currants in a galaxy far, far, away. Haven’t much in the way of currants, except in scones. Anyway, certainly smells nice. Like a cross between dark berries and raisins. The flavour is similar, but a little on the sour side.
Alright, but there are better fruit flavours.
Flavors: Berries, Berry, Raisins
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Flavors: Citrus, Nutty, Smooth
Wow, I totally forgot I owned this one. I pulled it out on a whim when nothing else appealed to me, and man, it’s FIT. I brewed it a little longer than I’d intended, as my husband is under the weather and I got caught up in giving him a feel-better cuddle for like 5 minutes and forgot my tea was brewing. And it’s fine! I haven’t had a Darjeeling in ages, and this is so nice. It’s so fruity it’s like I chucked a handful of raisins in the mug.
Contrast this with the bagged darjeeling that I had at the office that was bitter and tannic after like a minute and left me with a feeling in the back of my throat as though I’d been sick… no, there’s no comparison. This stuff is GOOD.
I’m sitting here sipping my second infusion of this tea. I ordered a number of samples from Adagio, and they added this as a bonus for sharing on social media. I had this tea a few years ago and forgot how good it is. With this log, I
won’t forget again! Sweet, mellow, full-bodied and complex – tastes of sweet potatoes, caramel, pepper…love it. I may well re-order.
I ordered this along with a number of other samples from Adagio. It’s the most expensive sample that I bought, so I had high hopes for it. Though the tea is good, it’s not worth the cost, at least for me. The brew is pretty fragrant and floral with a slight salty aftertaste. I taste no milky note at all, unlike some reviewers on Adagio’s website. It’s a bit like a toned-down jasmine. I wouldn’t recommend it at the price that they are currently charging.
Flavors: Floral, Spinach
This is my first green rooibos, and I was very anxious to try this since I enjoy red rooibos. Its liquor is a pretty yellow-green and tastes like summer and happiness. The “leaves” are fairly small pieces so I had to use my finer tea infuser. I believe the longer this is steeped, the better.
Wet leaves have a slight floral smell but are not very aromatic. Brew is clear and yellow. Predominant tastes are floral and buttery. Smooth, bright, tea – very nice. Butter flavor lasted through two brews; the third third brew, only the flowery & vegetal hints remain.
Flavors: Butter, Flowers, Plants
I am having another go at this Vanilla Oolong this morning, this time accented with about 1 tsp leftover Vanilla Chai that I was trying to use up. The combination seemed promising (or at least not revolting), so I’m going with it. I just need to be really careful with the added sweetener on these flavored oolongs. They are such a light, subtle flavor already, that it’s really easy to over-sweeten them and make them grossly cloying.
In fact, this oolong might be too light and subtle to combine with a chai, as really all I’m tasting is chai. It’s still a lovely, pleasant drink, but I"ll remember in the future to drink this one straight or, if I have to, combined with other similarly light, flavored oolongs. I do love to combine my tea flavors, but in this case, constraint is called for.
New to darjeeling, they seem much lighter than the blacks I am used to. So far, enjoying very much! I can drink this tea straight but I do prefer a smidge of sugar (maybe 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon for a mug). Normally in my strong blacks (breakfast tea, golden monkey, black dragon pearl etc) I do scant teaspoon and splash of milk, but this is so light and delicate I would never add milk. Wonderful aftertaste. I did 1 steeping teaspoon per cup, steeped for a full 5 minutes and next time I am thinking of increasing the leaves to see if I can make it a little bolder while still having the light taste.
The first time I tried this it came out bitter. I gave it the benefit of the doubt by assuming that was probably because I had followed Adagio’s deficient brewing instructions, which say to use boiling water. The next time I tried it I used pre-boiling water (probably 180-190F; I’m really just guessing though) and it’s pretty heavenly and not bitter at all. It tastes a lot more like it smells, too, like sunshine on fields and fresh sweet grass hay and all the best hints of wonderfully oxidized tea leaves.